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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

Remember that the United States is a REPUBLIC, not a Democracy.
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The two are not mutually exclusive. The present day USA qualifies as a presidential federal democratic republic.


Having an actual Independent in the running, that actually gives a care about We normal Citizens.


Populism is a pretty wide net. What specific sort of populist party would you like to see take command?

The problem is that populism is something which covers the entire political spectrum in all directions. "For the people!" is the rallying cry of everyone from Fascists to agrarian anarchists. Everyone's a populist, everyone's out for the "normal citizen's best interest". The Neocons are, the Paleocons are, the Progressive Democrats are, the Centrist Democrats are, the Libertarians are, the Greens are, everyone's out to help the "normal citizen". So saying that you'd like to see more populism isn't particularly specific.


Our Forefathers fought and Died for the opportunity for We future Generations to have a Life in ability of pursuing Liberty and Happiness...Can You honestly tell Me that the Goals of Politicians in Office these Days, or even further back in the past have been those of realizing Liberty and HAPPINESS for the Common folk?


Yes. The problem is that the "common folk" are a group with extremely diverse interests which more or less only agrees that Congress sucks at its job. The problem could be alleviated a bit by having a more representative electoral system (as opposed to the winner-take-all format which presently dominates) and a stronger emphasis on consensus democracy, and to its credit the US Congress does have a history of periods where it operated by consensus. Present day is not one of these periods.


I believe the only way that it can be overcome is through Local Office, as in My opinion, Washington is just too far gone. We...the "little People" need to start purposeful action towards changing these objectively terrible and unjust means of Laws of which We live under.


What specifically do you consider unjust and objectively terrible?


Petitions and Rallies...That doesn't cut it. And by no means am I saying that I KNOW IT ALL, or that I HAVE THE PLAN; I'm not Neo. But...after what I just said, I SHOULD BE one of those who exercise My part. But it can't just be ONE Person alone...I know the quote, "Be the change You want to see in this World", and that's all great and good. However, it has to be a UNITED EFFORT; each and every One of Us talking to Our local Politicians; Mayors, and Senators. Only through going through the small Tadpoles and convincing them; CONVERTING them, can We have any effect on the large Lilypad sitting Bullfrogs.


I understand that passion and commitment are required to successfully engage in collective action, but you haven't really said what collective actions you'd like to see. You don't have to have some sort of item-by-item plan, but at present yours is an army of voters without flag bearers, trumpeters, or even a pre-operation briefing.

If I were to stand up and say "Damn it, Cellar Door is right! We have to set up a political party, get-out-the-vote initiatives, plan marches and rallies, start letter and telephone call campaigns for all swing states' legislators and governors, we must be heard!", the moment I actually sat down to pen my letter I'd only be able to get this:

Dear [INSERT REPRESENTATIVE NAME HERE]:

I am writing this letter to express my discontent with...um...ah...stuff. Stop doing stuff. Or start doing stuff. Or do stuff, but differently. I don't really know.

Sincerely,

BlueOni


I know My writing style is a bit eccentric, but I hope I sort of answered Your question at least a little bit. Plus, it's close to 4 am here, and My head is almost resting on the Computer Desk.


I got some idea of what you're after, but I'd like at least a few specifics if you can.


Thanks for the constructive criticism.
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:

Thanks for the constructive criticism. :)


I only hope that hypothetical letter got the smirk it was supposed to.
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That as a parent you can completely trust your high school child and leave the home for a whole season (or more) for some random reason.
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That as a parent you can completely trust your high school child and leave the home for a whole season (or more) for some random reason.


yeah i know a great way to raise kids now
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I don't really know, since I don't live in America.
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As long as you're hot and/or a school council president, you being dictator is A-okay.

Parents are mysterious creatures who often only exist in name when you're a teenager, even if you live with them.

You're never truly best friends unless you try and beat each other up (or kill each other) while yelling each other's name.

If your friends aren't deemed interesting or important enough by you or a mysterious fan-base, they will appear rarely and magically disappear for extended periods of time, and may vanish for good.

Demons and other mythical creatures are often attractive and likeable, but a significant percentage of them would rape any humanoid female that they can get their hands on.

People can throw up themselves, which throws up a snake, which throws up more snakes, who throw up swords.

Mysterious fan-bases are likely to control who lives and dies, and who may miraculously revive.

Eggs are evil when they have faces, especially if they seemingly stalk you or someone you know.

If you're a human and live where the aforementioned eggs exist, you probably have a horrible life and is doomed to die young, especially if you're female or an unremarkable man. Also, don't trust horses.

Tentacles.

Body hair is usually non-existent.




I'm tired of listing, and swallowing my irritation isn't easy.


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Wear more skimpier clothes.

Bring weapons to school.


This
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Anime taught me the strongest thing is resolve and a goal for it to follow.
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I think anime teaches the west to be even more narrow minded about japan
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I wish Americans would learn more interdependence. America is based on the idea of individual freedom and I appreciate that but we're more and more taking that to such an extreme we are, on a macro-social level, becoming less and less trusting of each other. The whole notion of "I built it myself" encapsulates perfectly the issue. The slogan completely ignores the reality that the limits to what can be created by an individual are bound within the strength of their society. Otherwise an individual has to expend significant energy simply supplying the basic necessities.
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Anime taught me (An American) some cool phrases that feel good on my mouth to speak.

Also that you don't need real human beings to experience the thrills of friendship and love
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I think anime teaches the west to be even more narrow minded about japan


Or Japan thinks of the west too idealistically? You're better than generalizations acrobatic finger food.
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dont be a slut
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I wish Americans would learn more interdependence. America is based on the idea of individual freedom and I appreciate that but we're more and more taking that to such an extreme we are, on a macro-social level, becoming less and less trusting of each other. The whole notion of "I built it myself" encapsulates perfectly the issue. The slogan completely ignores the reality that the limits to what can be created by an individual are bound within the strength of their society. Otherwise an individual has to expend significant energy simply supplying the basic necessities.


Not to mention, we're in the state of generation also known as a microwave society.
Everything has to be processed fast. They rather see results in a few days (e.g., gaining muscles from steroids).
They want receive and receive. They don't work for it and would rather step on everyone's toes to get to the top quick.
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For females skimpy armor outfits = maximum protection.
For males, if you don't have at least 7 girls that like you your not the protagonist .


On a more realistic note, Anime teaches that the written world will always be more interesting than the unwritten one.
Posted 5/29/14 , edited 1/17/15

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FlyinDumpling wrote:

I think anime teaches the west to be even more narrow minded about japan


Or Japan thinks of the west too idealistically? You're better than generalizations acrobatic finger food.


I think it is more of the other way around. People think of Japan too idealistically. Many times they brush off the darker sides of Japan and its problems, portraying it as this Paradise.

There's often a built up double standard for everything from child porn, rape porn, anti-immigration, crappy law system, denial of war crimes, severe bullying/high suicide rate in schools, lack of individuality in society, and whatever else that comes out of Japan that isn't positive in other nations. It doesn't make Japan necessarily an evil place, but too often are we quick to brush things off as "Well, it's Japan."

People will fight to the death for a society (Japan/Asia) they're not even a part of. These foolish people most certainly will not get the same treatment in return.

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